On September 5, 2023, while hiking along the Cloverdale Loop Trail near the former pioneer settlement of Piety Hill, in western Shasta County, California. I stumbled upon this stone structure. What is it? Maybe you can answer that. Is it a chimney? Is it historic, modern or mining related? Check out this mysterious stone structure in my newest YouTube video:
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Monday, September 4, 2023
An abandoned gold mine I found on September 4, 2023, on a local trail system in the Clear Creek area of western Shasta County, California. It's a small mine but come check it out with me. Watch the video here:
Monday, August 28, 2023
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Thursday, August 10, 2023
The Bedford & Wright Family Feud of Anderson: And the Historic John F. Bedford Company Building at 2016 North Street.
New Store at Anderson - The Shasta Courier newspaper of Shasta, January 4, 1873
Family Row Nearly Ends in Murder - The San Francisco Call newspaper of San Francisco, March 14, 1900
Sunday, July 23, 2023
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Stacy Mahlon Nichols was a native of Loudoun County, Virginia who was born to Isaac Gibson Nichols and Louisa (White) Nichols on July 25, 1856. By 1860, his family settled at Mount Gilead, Virginia, where his father was a farmer and he attended school in that area. Later, they relocated to Springfield, New Hampshire County, West Virginia, where Stacy is documented at the age of thirteen-years-old but is recorded on the 1870 U.S. Census as "Tacy" which is incorrect. He became a well-educated person.
On May 27, 1879, Stacy registered to vote at the age of twenty-two-years-old recording his place of residence as Shingletown where he was farming. Then on, June 4, 1879, Stacy Mahlon Nichols married Amanda Ellen Hammans, my paternal great-great grand aunt, and a daughter of Shasta County pioneers, Henry Hammans Sr., and Hannah (Moss) Hammans. They were joined together in holy matrimony at Darrah's Mill, by Justice of the Peace, J.S. Darrah, in eastern Shasta County, near Shingletown. To this union, Amanda bore Stacy five children consisting of:1.) Mary Letetia Nichols (May 1, 1880 - August 19, 1881) [She is buried at Shingletown in the historic Ogburn-Inwood Cemetery. Her first name is mistakenly etched on her headstone as May]
Nichols also purchased the Ball's Ferry flouring mill (a mill which was erected by Alexander Love and formerly owned by Jonathon Carver.) Stacy Mahlon Nichols relocated this flour mill from Ball's Ferry to another milling site which was formerly owned by his father and situated on Ludwig’s Bridge at Cottonwood Creek and Nichols combined the two mills together. Nichols sold out to Andrew Leslie about 1889, and this mill site became known as Leslie’s Flour Mill. Later, it was owned by Luke Lukes and his brother Jason Lukes. The mill was sold about 1912 to Ed Carter, M.T. Howell and Otto Trautz and they relocated the flour mill to Cottonwood as the Cottonwood Milling Company.
Stacy Mahlon Nichols relocated his family south to Oakland, Alameda County, California, where his wife Amanda Ellen (Nichols) Hammans died on October 3, 1897. She is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at Oakland. Stacy survived his wife and is recorded as living at Alameda, in Oakland, California, in 1898 and according to the 1900 U.S. Census. His occupation at that time is listed as a railroad inspector. A search for Nichols in the 1910 U.S. Census oddly failed to accumulate any results, but a 1911 City of Oakland Directory book lists him as living in Oakland and working as a watchman.
The Shasta County pioneer Stacy Mahlon Nichols died on September 20, 1916, in San Francisco, California, at the age of sixty-years-old. He was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at Oakland next to his beloved wife, Amanda.
1860 U.S. Census
1870 U.S. Census
1879 California Voters Registration
Married - The Reading Independent newspaper of Redding, June 12, 1879
1880 U.S. Census
1898 California Voters Registration
1900 U.S. Census
1907 City of Oakland Directory
1911 City of Oakland Directory
1912 City of Oakland Directory
1913 City of Oakland Directory
1914 City of Oakland Directory
1915 City of Oakland Directory
Stacy M. Nichols in the California, Death Index, 1905-1939
Stacy M. Nichols in the San Francisco Area, California, Funeral Home Records, 1850-1931
Stacy M. Nichols in the California, Wills and Probate Records 1850-1953